Dubai: The head of fast-growing Qatar Airways says there are no immediate plans to launch a budget airline to compete with Dubai’s expanding low-cost carrier. Instead, CEO Akbar Al Baqer says Qatar Airways will concentrate on enlarging its global network as part of rivalries with Emirates and Etihad Airways. Al Baqer has saying there are no current plans to create a budget airline to challenge the growing market share of government-backed flydubai, which began service in 2009 and now serves more than 50 destinations.
But Al Baqer said Qatar Airways keeps “options open” on all future plans.
Al Baqer made the comments earlier this week in Seattle after he took delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.